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The Life of David Hume$
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Ernest C. Mossner

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199243365

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243365.001.0001

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Scotland for Ever?

Scotland for Ever?

(p.408) (p.409) Chapter 29 Scotland for Ever?
The Life of David Hume

Ernest Campbell Mossner

Oxford University Press

David Hume was beginning to lose all ambition and all relish for pleasure and to develop ‘a total indifference towards every thing in human life’. London he dreaded more than ever, what with the violent anti-Scottish campaign of John Wilkes in The North Briton during 1762 and 1763, and the fanatical hatred of Charles Churchill in The Prophecy of Famine: A Scots Pastoral of January 1763. Even in Edinburgh, Hume's presence was unwelcome to many. In July 1763, William Robertson was appointed Historiographer Royal for Scotland. There is no doubt that the appointment, made on the understanding that Robertson would later write a history of England, was a blow to Hume, yet he managed outwardly to conceal his true feelings. He was bound, nevertheless, to interpret Lord Bute's preference of Robertson over himself as a rebuff, as final evidence that he, David Hume, never would receive due recognition of his genius in either Scotland or England.

Keywords:   David Hume, London, John Wilkes, North Briton, Edinburgh, William Robertson, Historiographer Royal, Scotland, Lord Bute, England

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